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Immersion Block (Choose 1)

Business Simulation at SRH

Contact Hours:100
ECTS Credits: 4

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Doing Business in Europe at SRH

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: • compare European markets and business environments with other international landscapes • examine some of the key industries – and institutions governing those industries – in Europe • identify market opportunities in Europe • develop basic elements of a business plan for market entry in Europe.

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Introduction to Business Ethics at SRH

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

This course is an introduction to ‘Business Ethics’ – the moral principles or values that generally govern the conduct of an individual or group which determines an employee or company’s every day conduct.

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Entrepreneurship at SRH

Contact Hours:100
ECTS Credits: 4

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European Society and Culture at SRH

Contact Hours:180
ECTS Credits: 8

Throughout the scope of this course, students will:

  • Understand the European Union, including its history, geography, component parts, organization, and legislation
  • Understand Europe as a supranational structure guaranteed by treaty
  • Understand the development of the welfare state in Europe
  • Understand the gender dimension as well as human rights
  • Understand the reasons for uniting Europe, analysis of the results
  • Understand migration and ethnisation: theory and social processes
  • Understand the basics of European communication and cooperation
  • Understand the European Business, Economics, and Politics
  • Explore the nature and definition of “culture,” understanding the impact of language, culture, and values on working relationships
  • Be able to contribute to European business practice
  • Appreciate diverse landscape of various social values and norms, cultural traditions, historical factors, and fluctuating economies within the EU
  • Be familiar with the basic tools for approaching business and life within Europe, with a special focus on Germany.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code:GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits: 3

Course will take place at the International House Collegium Palatinum. Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Selected Topics in World History: Nazi Germany

Course Code:HIST 4350
US Credits: 3

This course is meant to introduce students to the darkest chapter of German history. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. After unification by Prussia, Germany played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet for a long time did not find a satisfactory identity. The aftermath of World War I, long-standing anti-Semitism, and social tensions helped pave the way for Hitler’s rise to power and unleash another world war, including genocide.

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ESC Block (Choose 4)

Art History: Ancient through Medieval Art: Caves to Cathedrals

Course Code:ARTH 2361
US Credits: 3

The course will survey the art and architecture from the Ancient world to the Middle Ages, including the art of the Near East, Egypt, the Classical Greek and Roman worlds, and Medieval Europe, from about 3500 BC to about 1400 AD. It will reflect the great variety and richness of the arts of these different cultures, and some of the general problems of how art historians understand and write about art. Examples of art reviewed include works of sculpture, architecture, wall and vase painting, mosaic, manuscript illumination, and other media in their physical, historical and social contexts.

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Principles of Accounting I – Financial Accounting

Course Code:ACCT 2311
US Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to financial accounting within the framework of business and business decisions. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. The course provides an in-depth analysis of financial statements and annual reports of publicly traded companies.

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Principles of Accounting II – Managerial Accounting

Course Code:ACCT 2312
US Credits: 3

The role of management accounting continues to undergo major changes. Management accountants are no longer only scorekeepers of past performance. They have become value-adding members of management teams, creating information vital for enhancing operational excellence, and for formulating and implementing new strategies. A significant development in this new role is a great increase in the importance of and use of nonfinancial measures of performance.

In this class, we will focus on how managers can use accounting information to assist them in making decisions and how accounting information can be used to control the actions of other members of the firm. This orientation contrasts with financial accounting where the focus is on accounting disclosures for parties external to the firm. The course will cover the vocabulary and mechanics of cost accounting, basic issues involved in the design of a cost accounting system, and the role of management accounting in decisions concerning resource allocation and performance evaluation.

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Corporate Finance

Course Code:BFIN 3321 / FIN 330
US Credits: 3

This course deals with processes that influence a firm’s value. You will develop essential analytical skills for making long-term corporate investment and financial decisions. You will learn intermediate level financial management concepts to evaluate corporate projects and investment decisions in a global world. In this course you will examine the basics measures of capital investment, understand how a firm manages long-term assets and liabilities under uncertainty, and estimate the firm’s cost of capital. This course combines theoretic concepts with real-world problems and cases.

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International Financial Management

Course Code:BFIN 3355 / FIN 340
US Credits: 3

This course provides a global approach to financial management. Topics include: International financial markets and banking, financial structure in global markets; managing exchange rate risks and hedging; international capital budgeting; international arbitrage and parity.

Course Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Financial Methods FIN201.

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International Marketing

Course Code:BINT 3361
US Credits: 3

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing. Prerequisites: BINT 3331 and BMKT 3331

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Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Course Code:BMGT 4355
US Credits: 3

Students will learn to understand how individual behavior and group dynamics affect and are affected by organizational settings. Topics such as Motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication are being addressed. The course provides insights into the study of organizations as social systems; the dynamics of change in organizations, industries and markets; and the relationships between organizations and their environments.

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World Literature Studies

Course Code:ENGL 2310
US Credits: 3

Part of the UIW Core Curriculum, this course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a means of cultural statement. This course is designed as a directed exploration of worldwide literary genres and techniques of close study that emphasizes the development of critical reading skills and methodologies of literary analysis, i.e. of what can be said well about a work of art. Close readings of the assigned literary works will help develop our appreciation of literature as finely crafted, multidimensional art. In addition, such readings allow us to examine the connections between literature and culture. In examining these connections, we explore the role of art and the artist in social justice, an important aspect of study at our university.

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Elementary German I

Course Code:GERM 1311
US Credits: 3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Three class hours. Individual laboratory. (Fall)

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German Language

Course Code:GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits: 3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Exp. Learning in Europe / Topics in Comparative Politics / International Relations

Course Code:GOVT 3340
US Credits: 3

This course is designed to help students make the most of their study abroad experience in Germany. Numerous excursions have been built into this study abroad program and coursework consists of participating on these excursions, researching and presenting about places to be visited, and reflective writing.

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European Politics: Current Topics in the EU

Course Code:GOVT 3350
US Credits: 3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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A Refugee Crisis: A Multi-Disciplinary Policy Perspective on Mass Migration

Course Code:HIST 4399
US Credits: 3

Living in another country, even for a short time, allows you as a student to develop a sense of understanding mass migration especially forced displacement, as a “Refugee”. This seminar course helps you not only think more deeply about cultural, social and global identity issues such as race, gender and religion. It also helps you build an international framework for understanding one of the most pressing issues of our time – the divergent global policies today that manage and impact the greater than 70 million displaced people across the world. We will examine the issues from an academic and personal perspective interacting with the local community in Heidelberg and beyond as we review divergent scholarly theories and popular myths using sources such as poems, news stories, journal articles, works of art and interviews and volunteer work at the Patrick Henry Village for Refugees (PHC). PHC is a German Asylum Processing Center, housed at the former US Army Barracks. We work at the Caritas Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and manage the Kids at Play Program (KAP)

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Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication: Leadership across Cultures

Course Code:SOCI 3332
US Credits: 3

This course is concerned with the general issues of cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. From an academic point of view, the following brief introduction to the subject can be offered: Individuals, groups and associations in society interact with one another from an ever widening variety of cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds. There is therefore a permanent and growing need for cultural competency awareness and training. Some traditional development models that address diversity emphasize the importance of learning culturally specific information, such as behavioral and communication patterns, traditions, values and value-systems, as well as religious practices, symbols, and rituals. Meanwhile, Culturology – or the scientific approach to the study of culture, has spawned a variety of new fields of research in the social sciences.

In fact, while all the above attributes may be seen as relevant, being knowledgeable about specific cultures and groups may not make it necessarily easier to respect and appreciate differences and to interact effectively with persons from other cultures. Developing cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness is extremely complex and an ongoing process. This is because culture can include how human beings live, how they relate in a standard way to their own worlds, their expectations, assumptions, particular preferences, child-rearing practices, attitudes about time or money, definitions of achievement, concepts of beauty, art, music and food, to name only a few. Nonetheless, culture – at the same time, is only one element which defines individual personalities.

The course will emphasize the processes required to understand how specific factors may influence the perceptions and attitudes of different cultures toward one another. In the broader context, there are some standard propositions bearing on notions of international political culturology as a subfield of international relations. These are concerned with efforts aimed at understanding the global cultural system, as well as its numerous subsystems. The aim of this course is to explain how cultural variables interact with politics, economics, business and workplace dynamics as influential factors in world affairs.

The importance of cultural studies flows from the realization that every society is composed of several community areas. People in one area may have common ties of culture, race, language, religion or traditions which make them essentially different from those in other areas. It is the basic function of the institutional structures of all societies to retain the loyalty of all communities and citizens. A key prerequisite to the retention of loyalty is associated with the presence of norms of equality and fairness which are also major determinants of individual prosperity, peace and stability.

The propositions underlying the course will enable students to identify the specific modes of inter-cultural communication which may ultimately function as catalysts to the promotion – or obstruction – of understanding between culturally diverse individuals or social groups.

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Global CSR– A Consulting Approach to Ethical Leadership and Social Innovation

Course Code:BMGT 4390
US Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethical leadership and social innovation as a means to address social problems through the interplay across various stakeholders. During the semester we will examine the role of business in society. To this end we start with a historical examination of the role of the firm in building communities and advancing industrial and economic development. We then turn our focus to more contemporary issues and more detailed investigation of the social, political, and economic impacts of corporate sponsored social initiatives.

During its evolution, CSR has progressed from traditional philanthropy to encompass not only what companies do with their profits, but also how they make them. Thus, contemporary CSR is strategically focused and related to firm mission. Via CSR, companies address environmental concerns, human rights policies and practices, poverty alleviation, health and wellness, and community development. Companies can donate financial resources, volunteer hours, and even develop innovative products, technologies and business models aimed at solving social and environmental challenges.

Over the past several decades many factors have contributed to increased expectations for corporations to adopt CSR programs. Many advocates believe CSR provides a means for addressing governance gaps and providing innovative solutions to broad and pressing social problems. Conversely, critics have suggested CSR is one more piece of evidence of business’ influence in the public sphere and a drain on revenue generating resources. In this course we will examine the data to determine what has worked, what hasn’t, and why? We will look at CSR’s limits and its future as we examine news stories, case studies, corporate reports, academic literature, industry studies, and government reports.

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Consumer Behavior: Comparative Cultural Analysis Perspective

Course Code:BMKT 2277
US Credits: 3

This course is designed to present a comprehensive, systematic and practical framework for understanding people as consumers – the underlying subject matter of all marketing decisions. We will not only look at the why and how of consumer purchasing, but what happens prior to the purchase (e.g., how do consumers find alternatives) and after the purchase (e.g., how do consumers use and dispose of products). Throughout the semester we will draw upon the social sciences to evaluate the influence of psychological, sociological, ecological and technological factors that affect individual consumer behaviors and behavioral models, which predict behavior. We will use basic quantitative and qualitative methodologies for evaluating consumer behavior and developing appropriate marketing strategies. This particular section will have a cross-cultural focus and will be thematically related to special issues in the European market

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Dimensions of Wellness

Course Code:DHWP 1200
US Credits: 3

This course is designed to help students develop an appreciation for and commitment to a wellness lifestyle. The course emphasis is placed on guiding students as they discover and develop their individual self-care abilities related to spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and professional wellness. The overall purpose of this course is to discuss, understand and apply the various dimensions of wellness to daily living in a way that will enhance the quality of life, especially within an intercultural setting.

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Immersion Block (Choose 1)

Current Topics of International Business II

Contact Hours:200
ECTS Credits: 8

Having completed Current Topics in Business student’s knowledge of business tools will be expanded and enhance their capability of implementing them to a number of topics / challenges that apply to the current international business environment. Students will be able to analyze the arguments or major conflicts surrounding an issue, including current affairs relating to the subject, and will be enabled to apply their knowledge and research to real problems and to communicate their conclusions in a professional environment.

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Human Resource Management at SRH

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

After this course, students will:

  • Understand behavioral patters as a basic principle of intervention.
  • Become familiar with organizational structure and the tools for its implementation.
  • Understand the various roles of HR work within a company.
  • Recognize appropriate situations for applying HR tools (by way of examples)

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Introduction to Accounting at SRH

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

This course enables students to lead the books through a business year beginning with the opening balance sheet and ending by the annual financial statement. Furthermore the students will obtain a fundamental understanding of the rules and techniques of bookkeeping. This course is the prerequisite for the constitutive course “International Accounting”.

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International Accounting at SRH

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

The module “International Accounting” provides an introduction to the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting standards. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of accounting. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of financial statements, and annual reports. Furthermore, the differences between IFRS and national accounting systems (particularly HGB) will be emphasized.

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Marketing Management at SRH

Contact Hours:200
ECTS Credits: 8

On completion of this program, bachelor students will have a deeper and more solid understanding of the selected marketing principles covered in the course, will have developed an insight into the concept of innovation and innovation management (particularly with respect to new product development and launch), and will appreciate the ways that the internet has transformed marketing and business.

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Sales

Contact Hours:150
ECTS Credits: 6

Upon successful completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the structure and functioning of the Market, and understand factors affecting both production companies, of investment and consumer goods, as well as commercial enterprises. The student will understand the underlying distribution systems and the central instruments of sales management and can identify the corresponding structures in practice.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code:GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits: 3

Course will take place at the International House Collegium Palatinum. Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Contemporary German History in a European Context

Course Code:HIST 3340
US Credits: 3

This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to the present;the rise of the modern state system and the rise of modern society and economics during the 17th and 18th centuries; the impact of the French Revolution, nationalism, and mass politics in the last two centuries; the rise and fall of Totalitarianism in Bolshevik Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany; the intellectual and artistic movements of the 19th and 20th centuries; the present conditions of Europe and its drive toward a unified Continent.

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ESC Block (Choose 4)

Exp. Learning in Europe / Topics in Comparative Politics / International Relations

Course Code:GOVT/BINT 3340
US Credits: 3

This course is designed to help students make the most of their study abroad experience in Germany. Numerous excursions have been built into this study abroad program and coursework consists of participating on these excursions, researching and presenting about places to be visited, and reflective writing.

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Art History: Renaissance to Modern

Course Code:ARTH 2362
US Credits: 3

The course will survey the Western art and architecture from the early Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. It considers the formal, intellectual and spiritual values within Western art during the last seven centuries. A special focus – to make use of the particular advantages of the Study Abroad semester – is placed on local examples, be it classical works of art exhibited in Heidelberg, Mannheim or Worms museum collections or in German museums of global importance visited during the semester excursions, such as the museums in Berlin or Frankfurt, or by visits to local or regional landmarks like the baroque palaces of Schwetzingen and Mannheim, or the exhibits of the Kurpfälzisches Museum.

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International Marketing

Course Code:BMKT 3361
US Credits: 3

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.

Prerequisites: BINT 3331 and BMKT 3331

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Dimensions of Wellness

Course Code:DHWP 1200
US Credits: 3

This course is designed to help students develop an appreciation for and commitment to a wellness lifestyle. The course emphasis is placed on guiding students as they discover and develop their individual self-care abilities related to spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and professional wellness. The overall purpose of this course is to discuss, understand and apply the various dimensions of wellness to daily living in a way that will enhance the quality of life, especially within an intercultural setting.

Lab course: meets two clock hours for every credit hour. Students participate in one in-class aerobic workouts per week.

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World Literature

Course Code:ENGL 2310
US Credits: 3

Part of the UIW Core Curriculum, this course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a means of cultural statement. This course is designed as a directed exploration of worldwide literary genres and techniques of close study that emphasizes the development of critical reading skills and methodologies of literary analysis, i.e. of what can be said well about a work of art. Close readings of the assigned literary works will help develop our appreciation of literature as finely crafted, multidimensional art. In addition, such readings allow us to examine the connections between literature and culture. In examining these connections, we explore the role of art and the artist in social justice, an important aspect of study at our university.

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German Language

Course Code:GERM 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits: 3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Current Topics in the EU

Course Code:GOVT 3350
US Credits: 3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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A Refugee Crisis: A MultiDisciplinary Policy Perspective on European Refugee Crisis

Course Code:HIST 4399 / INT 270
US Credits: 3

This course requires volunteer work.

This course is divided into two parts:

In part one, we will look at migration and the situation of children and children’s pedagogical needs. There has always been migration in Europe, Germany and in all over the world. However, recently the question on how to deal with the growing number of refugees in Europe and Germany has been given more emphasis and public attention. We will explore the basic terminology regarding migration and refugees and look at the different forms of and reasons for migration chronologically and today. We will then focus on the situation in Germany and look at different migration waves in, to and from Germany and compare that to the migration issue in the US. We will discuss how asylum seekers are treated and how the process is being conducted in Germany to understand the current situation of refugees and refugee children in Germany and related political opinions. One goal for refugees is to start a new and successful life in a new country, in this context, in Germany. We will explore what leads to successful integration and what the respective society offers or can offer to facilitate integration. We will then look at the special situation of children in the refugee process and explore how the refugee situation is especially challenging for children. Students will meet and work with children as part of this class twice a week at a refugee camp, accompanied by an ESC Coordinator at the site, Asma Zarrug. They will plan and engage in meaningful activities with the children at the camp in sessions called “Kids at Play”. Thus, we will explore what kind of pedagogy is needed when working with children in this particular setting, how we can activate them without knowing their native language and in the end, how we can reflect on the impressions we gain and the experiences we make when working with the children at the refugee camp. This will allow students to combine the insights from the theoretical sessions in the seminar with an applied perspective for their research projects.

In part two of the course, we will investigate how increasingly, diversification of and within societies has become a topic of discussion in public debates. New groups are often marginalised based on a perceived otherness: Ranging from migrants to homosexual couples, the attitudes towards these groups have undergone multiple changes over the past 20 years. We will look closer at the historic development of migration in Germany after the Second World War. Examples include the recruitment agreements for Gastarbeiter in the 1960s, Reunification, recent EU enlargements, the financial crisis, and recently climate change. We will then explore explanations for attitudes towards migrants, migrant groups, and. A selection of relevant surveys will be discussed regarding their methodological design and their results. This will tie into a discussion of difficulties with surveys and methodological innovations to surmount those difficulties.

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World Philosophy: Influence of the German Thinkers

Course Code:PHIL 3355
US Credits: 3

This course deals with philosophy in a global context. It presents the world’s view of philosophy from ancient to contemporary times and emphasizes the contributions of thinkers chosen from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed on the wide diversity and historical backgrounds of various philosophical traditions. The course also offers an introduction to some of the basic origins which enable us to appreciate the value-systems of the five major living religious cultures of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The course will not engage in any deep examination of the history of each religious tradition. However, the primary focus will be phenomenological, in other words, the lived experience of each tradition as it grapples with such matters as the nature of God and creation, the origin of evil, human responsibility, morality, and social issues of society. This does not imply that the analytical concerns will constitute a course in theology, which is the detailed study of specific religious doctrines or dogma. The two frequently tend to deal with similar issues, however, from quite different perspectives.

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Social Psychology

Course Code:PSYC/SOCI 3351
US Credits: 3

This course studies individual behavior and attitudes as influenced by other individuals and groups, and considers issues such as conformity, attitude formation and change, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and altruism. Cross referenced with SOCI 3351. Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1311.

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Cross Cultural Management

Course Code:SOCI 3332
US Credits: 3

We begin with a close analysis of the dimensions of culture and their impact on the individual, society, social interaction and communication, as well as some of the barriers to effective communication. We go on to examine interculturality and cultural identity in the light of migration, globalization and bias. There will be a particular focus on corporate culture and business communication with regard to managing cultural diversity in the workplace and the skill sets required of those in leadership roles. The company visits should expose the students to the practical side of cross-cultural communication in the workplace.

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Cultural Violence, the Arts, and Global Health

Course Code:CLST 4399
US Credits: 3

Seeing health as our own responsibility feels normal: If we eat right, we will not get sick. If we exercise, we will stay healthy. But this is only a small part of the picture. Societies create, sustain, and destroy a person’s physiological and mental wellbeing, often simultaneously. The underlying power structures that determine health are less apparent than a virus. We will discuss why it is important to challenge the everyday practices that often seem trivial. The first sessions will serve to create a shared toolbox. This will help us to identify cultures of violence and to situate them within their historical, political, and socio-economic context. Students will present works of art that help us perceive and analyze cultural violence, including its causes, impacts, and remedies. Examples can come from all around the globe and from different times.

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European Politics

Course Code:GOVT 3350
US Credits: 3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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Elementary German Language I

Course Code:GERM 1311
US Credits: 3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code:GERM 1312/2311/2312
US Credits: 3

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Special Topics Courses

Students may select two courses from the special topics courses or two courses from general courses at the European Study Center. Significant weekday travel is required for special topics courses in summer II and this will not allow for students to be enrolled in one course from each group.

Global Justice

Course Code:RELS 3381
US Credits: 3

This course will explore the basic theological foundations of the Christian faith in relation to contemporary ethical concerns related to inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction. In an increasingly globalized world, the Christian tradition has to engage with these questions in a world-wide, cross-cultural manner that engages with other religious traditions.

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Cultural Issues in Healthcare

Course Code:REHS 3320
US Credits: 3

This course focuses on an overview of the U.S. healthcare system, both past and present, coupled with an in-depth analysis of modern trends and those expected in the future. It also includes an evaluation of the current status of our healthcare system with emphasis on cultural diversity and competency. It provides the rehabilitative sciences student with an increased understanding of the cross-cultural factors that can influence health and disease practices across a wide range of cultural groups. This course has a field experience required outside the traditional classroom setting.

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The Human Story Through Literature

Course Code:ENGL 3310
US Credits: 3

This course invites Honors students to analyze and respond to a part of what makes up the “human story” through close examination of the fairy tales and folklore that form the basis for varying forms of literature in several different cultures. The course introduces students to literary genres and techniques of close study that emphasizes the development of critical reading skills and methodologies of literary analysis. Literature is studied as a universal and trans-historical mode of knowledge, and specific selections are representative of our multifaceted and multicultural globe. Close readings of the assigned literary works will help develop our appreciation of literature as finely crafted, multidimensional art. In addition, such readings allow us to examine the connections between literature and culture. In examining these connections, we explore the role of art and the artist in social justice, an important aspect of study at our university. Equally close readings of literary criticism will expand our knowledge of literary analysis, of what has been and can be said well about a work of art. Close reading of texts and criticism of those texts will illuminate strengths and limitations in specific critical approaches. In light of this course’s placement in the Honors Program sequence, students will be expected to integrate their study of World History with their exploration of the critical scholarship, focusing on selected primary texts in ENGL 3310.

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Grannies, Gremlins, and the Brothers Grimm

Course Code:ENGL 3375
US Credits: 3

This course in the art of fiction will provide students with opportunities to examine the fairy tale and folklore (specifically German models collected by the Brothers Grimm and other folklorists who were translating oral storytelling into written works). By looking at the foundations of those oral tales, cultural and structural, which directly inform and influence storytelling still today, we will come to a better understanding of what “makes fiction work” and thereby model our own writing on those lessons. By also spending a portion of the course reading critical work, we will also gain a cultural understanding of these “tales,” developing an appreciation for our own place in our own cultural moment. By doing so, we’ll further our work as creative writers, combining a new understanding of narrative tradition with our own rhetorical discourse, thereby developing as creating writers. Peer review of original works will further enhance individual writing development.

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Statics

Course Code:ENGR 3350
US Credits: 3

Statics is a course that studies the effects of forces on bodies and structures. It includes vector algebra, force systems, and free body diagrams. It also includes particle equilibrium, centroids, and moments of inertia.

Prerequisites: PHYS 2305 Physics I with a grade of “C” or better.

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International Marketing

Course Code:BMKT/BINT 3361
US Credits: 3

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.

Prerequisites: BINT 3331 and BMKT 3331

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Modern Europe

Course Code:HIST 3340
US Credits: 3

This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to the present; the rise of the modern state system and the rise of modern society and economics during the 17th and 18th centuries; the impact of the French Revolution, nationalism, and mass politics in the last two centuries; the rise and fall of Totalitarianism in Bolshevik Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany; the intellectual and artistic movements of the 19th and 20th centuries; the present conditions of Europe and its drive toward a unified Continent.

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Culturology and Cross Cultural Communications Human Services Program/Sociology

Course Code:SOCI 3332/BINT 3332
US Credits: 3

This course provides students with the key concepts and theories surrounding intercultural communication. In our interdependent world, students of all majors need the intercultural communication knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to be able to function as citizens and employees.

Note: This course is cross-referenced as SOCI 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication or BINT 3332 Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication. The class and course outline which follows is identical for both courses. This allows the flexibility for both business and non-business majors to select which “prefix” (SOCI or BINT) best fits their major. When applying for the program, students will select the appropriate course designator required for their transcript.

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Elementary German Language I

Course Code:GERM 1311
US Credits: 3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code:GERM 1312/2311/2312
US Credits: 3

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

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Special Topics Courses

Students may select two courses from the special topics courses or two courses from general courses at the European Study Center. Significant weekday travel is required for special topics courses in summer II and this will not allow for students to be enrolled in one course from each group.

Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice

Course Code:SOCI/CRJU 3323
US Credits: 3

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